NAMIBIA

Patents  •  Designs  •  Trade Marks
Namibia is one of the most fascinating countries in the world but is still a developing country due to income inequality. Namibia has been an independent country since 1990 when it earned sovereignty from South Africa. Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. The Namibian economy has a modern market sector, which produces most of the country’s wealth. The Namibian Industrial Property Act, 2012 came into effect from 1 August 2018.

ARIPO
Namibia is a member of ARIPO which means that patents, designs or trade marks may be registered with the official intellectual property office of Namibia or with ARIPO. Read more…

Trade Marks

Nice Classification ✓
Madrid System ✓
Multi-class Applications ✓
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Registration Timetable:
From Filing to Registration, 12  Months.

Duration and Renewal:
Every 10 years, from the 10th anniversary of filing date.

Namibia is a First to Use country
(whomever first USES a particular trade mark gets the rights)

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Patents

Paris Convention ✓
PCT ✓
Examination ✓
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Registration Timetable:
Complete Patent, 18 Months.

Duration and Renewal:
14 years from date of filing or the PCT International filing date, with a possible extension of 7 years.

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Designs

Paris Convention ✓
Locarno Classification ✘
Hague Agreement ✓
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Registration Timetable:
Registered Design, 12 – 18 Months.

Duration and Renewal:
5 years from the date of filing, with possible extensions of two further terms of 5 years.

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Copyright

Copyright can be registered in Namibia.

Duration:
Literary or musical works or an artistic work, other than a photograph, during the life of the author and for a period of 50 years from the end of the year in which the author dies, but if such work or an adaptation thereof has not been made available to the public during the lifetime of the author.
Cinematograph films, photographs or computer programs, for a period of 50 years from the end of the year in which it was made available to the public.
Sound recordings or published editions, for a period of 50 years from the end of the year in which it is first published.
Broadcasts, for a period of 50 years from the end of the year in which the broadcast is made.
Programme-carrying signals, for a period of 50 years from the end of the year in which the signal is emitted to a satellite.

Renewal:
None

Economy

Namibia’s key economic sectors:
Agriculture, Oil, Services, Mining, Energy. The Namibian economy is dominated by South Africa, with which 80% of its trade is conducted. It is also unduly dependant on diamonds, uranium and zinc, which provide over half of the country’s exports.

Namibia is one of world’s largest producers of:
Namibia is expected to become the world’s second-largest producer of uranium. Namibia also produces large quantities of zinc and is a smaller producer of gold and copper.

Main Export Partners (2016):
South Africa, United States of America.

Main Import Partners (2016):
South Africa, United States of America.